Saturday, April 28, 2012

Color Me Rad 5k

This morning we went down to Orem as a family to run the Color Me Rad 5k. My big bro came down from Ogden and my sister and her 4 kids came along. We ended up with 4 adults and 8 kids running this thing. It was SOOOO much fun! We weren't sure how the kids would do with a 5k, but they were talking about it for weeks so we had high hopes that they'd be so excited that they'd do well.
 (Brianna after the color run.)
The start of the race was fun. The kids were excited to trot along next to their Uncle. We came to the first color bomb station and it was totally bottle necked. Jason was trying to push the bob through and we were trying to keep track of all 8 kids. The kids LOVED getting hit with all the colors.
(The family before and after.)
Around 3k Annabelle (my 3 year old) was getting tired after running the whole way, so I threw her up on my shoulders and kept running/jogging along. You know what's funny... in all these races I do, there are only 1 or 2 pictures of me taken by the professionals on a good day. The Color Run.... NONE! Haha! Everyone else got a good pic, not me. You know, maybe it's cause my pictures are so funky that they are too embarrassed for me to post them online. Hahahaha!!
 (Me and Jason before and after.)
The kids did AMAZING! My 6 yr old nephew ran the whole thing. My 7 and 3 yr old ran over 2/3s of it. It was such a great race the kids just LOVED every minute of it. This is totally a race that we'd do as a family every year. The best part... KIDS ARE FREE!!! It was SOO much fun! It was one of the things where we looked at each other and thought was that really 5k? It felt MUCH shorter.

We had a wedding about 3 hours after the race, so it was TONS of fun to try and get all the paint off of everyone. :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Riverton Half Marathon

My big bro came down and watched the kids while I ran the Riverton Half. He's so good to do that for me. The race started at 9 and I met Joy at the start around 8. 

I started out WAAAY too fast and ran out of energy when I hit the first big hill. I felt good until that hill hit. A 9:30 pace is a little too fast for me. I held on running until about mile 9. My legs were done with running so I kept switching off running and walking. I ran up each hill though! :) 

Each time I saw a hill I cheered my sister on in my head. I knew she was going to do great. She left me around mile 4. 

Around mile 11.5 I saw a sign that said "Pioneer children sang as they walked and walked and walked..." Call me silly, but it totally choked me up. Haha! It was probably that end of the race endorphin thing happening, I dunno. It made me run though. If they could walk happily, I could run for fun. 

My mom called me a couple times. I always like talking to her while I run. It helped me keep going. She called me around mile 11-12 and told me that Joy had finished in 2.10.09! Way to go JOY! I was so excited for her.

I ended up finishing in 2.37.39! My 4th fastest half marathon. :)

I thought about it a lot during the race and my sister is going to run the SLC Half in my place. She'll have fun. It works out cause I might miss it anyway.  
All the kids holding signs cheering me and Joy on. 
Me and my mouth full of bananas while holding my Rosalie. :) I love seeing my kids at the finish. They all grabbed on to me and ran across the finish. Brianna, my oldest, was all crying cause she didn't know if I would finish. I guess the 27 minutes between Joy finishing and my finishing is an eternity for a 7 yr old. Haha!

All in all, it was a good race. I wish my legs weren't so tried the whole time, but that's ok. Next time will be great.